[quote=Todd Easton]Yes. Absolutely.
Jesus also said:
**(Luke 14:26) "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. **
**(Luke 22:36) He said to them, "But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one. **
(Luke 12:51-53) Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
(Matthew 18:8-9) And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
Jesus said many things and all of them are true but did he mean everything he said to be taken literally or was he using hyperbole? Only those whom Jesus appointed to teach in His Church, the Apostles, and the men His Apostles appointed to succeed them as teachers, the bishops of the Catholic Church, know for sure.
Hi Todd, You should know by this time I know how to read Scripture. I always ask Jesus (Holy Spirit) to give me the understanding of what the Word is telling me.
You say only the Catholic Church can decide what a Scripture means. Well I am sure there is nothing I can say to change your mind. My job isn’t to change anybody’s thinking. I’m just to give a word. I will ask you to do yourself a favor though, read the following Scriptures and then sincerely go to Jesus and ask Him for His understating.
(John 10:14-16) “I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd.
(1 Peter 2:9-10) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people at all and now you are the People of God; once you were outside the mercy and now you have been given mercy.”
(Hebrews 8:10-12) “No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive-it is the Lord who speaks. I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, ’Learn to know the Lord’. No, they will all know me, the least no less than the greatest, since I will forgive their iniquities and never call their sins to mind.”